TACOMA, Washington – The University of Puget Sound men's soccer team opened its 2014 season with an exciting 1-1 draw against Cal Lutheran in Thousand Oaks, California on Friday night.
After a scoreless first half, Puget Sound (0-0-1) senior Sean Ryan capitalized on a penalty kick in the 51st minute. The Loggers were able to hold on to that lead until Cal Lutheran (0-0-1) put one in the back of the net in the 81st minute. The teams remained tied at the end of regulation as the game went into overtime and double overtime before eventually being called a draw.
Cal Lutheran topped Puget Sound in shots (15-9) and corners (4-2). However, Cal Lutheran committed nearly six times as many fouls as the Puget Sound men (17-3), including a pair of yellow cards. Midfielder Andrew White led the Loggers in shots with three, while goalkeeper Nathan King recorded five saves.
"Tonight was a great test for our program," said Puget Sound men's soccer head coach Reece Olney. "Games like tonight will really prepare us for our conference games. I wish we could have scored one more goal, but a draw was probably a fair result."
Puget Sound hopes to capture its first win of the season against Redlands this Sunday, August 31, at 7 p.m. in Thousand Oaks, California.